CPI News Brief Volume 12 Issue 8 * February 2023

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Registration is Now Open for CPI Webinar Entitled “Cognitive Health Interventions to Improve Quality of Life for People with Serious Mental Illness”

Scheduled for March 29 at 3PM

Please join us for this important webinar, “Cognitive Health Interventions to Improve Quality of Life for People with Serious Mental Illness”, led by Alice Medalia, Ph.D. which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29 from 3pm - 4pm.

Please note that this event requires preregistration in the CPI Learning Management System. Please click here to register. Capacity is limited, so please register soon.

In this webinar Dr Medalia will explain what we mean by cognitive health, as well as why and how we address it to promote recovery and better quality of life in people with serious mental illness. She will describe how to identify cognitive health needs and how they interfere with recovery from severe psychiatric illnesses. You will learn about evidence-based approaches to improve cognitive health in people receiving psychiatric care.

You will earn a certificate for participating in this webinar. CEUs will not be provided.

Alice Medalia, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Director of Cognitive Health Services for the New York State Office of Mental Health. She is also a member of the Columbia University Academy of Clinical Excellence, and the founding director of the Lieber Recovery and Rehabilitation Clinic, a comprehensive psychiatric rehabilitation program for individuals with persistent mental illness. Professor Medalia has been instrumental in raising awareness about the need to address cognition as a central aspect of health related to functional outcome. She brought the concept of Cognitive Health to the field of Psychiatry and identified the need for the treatment of cognition to embrace an understanding of how motivation and learning interact. She developed the widely used Neuropsychological & Educational Approach to Remediation (NEAR) model of cognitive remediation, which has been disseminated worldwide and is available at OMH as Cognitive Remediation to Promote Recovery (CR2PR). In 1998 she started Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatry, the largest annual international conference devoted to addressing cognitive health for people with psychiatric disorders.

Professor Medalia is director of Cognitive Health Solutions at OMH’s Center for Practice Innovations and the founding director of www.teachrecovery.com, two initiatives devoted to facilitating training of mental health professionals in cognitive health interventions for people with psychiatric disorders. She is a NIMH funded researcher, prolific author, and the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding leadership in psychiatric rehabilitation.

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